Were Going on a
A visual resource pack for both children and adults with Autism,
Aspergers, Sensory Processing Disorder and any other
This resource is intended to help prepare any visitors for the
show and to help them to become familiar with the
surroundings and situation.
The show lasts for 45 minutes, with no interval.
In the show there are four puppeteers and many puppets. The
puppeteers are dressed in black, but they are not hidden - you
can see them.
Music is played through the show and the puppeteers also sing
and play instruments. Sometimes the puppets or puppeteers
talk directly to the audience or move through the seating area.
For a Relaxed Performance the house lights will be left on
during the show and the auditorium door will be left open in
case you need to leave the room and have a break in the ticket
The play is based on the book Were going on a Bear Hunt, by
Michael Rosen & illustrated by Helen Oxenbury.
A family set out on a beautiful day to walk through the
countryside on an imaginary bear hunt.
On the way they encounter many obstacles in their
surroundings, such as long grass, a deep river and squelchy
mud, as well as some bad weather, but they overcome each
obstacle and finally find themselves at a cave.
Inside the cave they come face to face with a real bear (played
by a puppet in our story), and race back home through all the
same obstacles with the bear following them. They reach the
safety of their own home and then realise theyve forgotten to
close the door!
They run back to close it just as the bear gets there, and then
they all hide under the duvet, deciding never to go on a bear
hunt again. The bear wanders off alone and returns to his cave
to play with the butterflies. Perhaps he just wanted to be friends
As this is a puppetry show, the characters are
played by puppets.
The main characters are a family - here are some pictures of them:
Here is the whole family with their dog
Dad & the Dog
Big Sister Lizzie
The twins, Gilbert &
Baby Brother Bertie
There is one more very important character in the
In this section information that is particularly important such as loud noises or
flashing lights will be in blue writing.
As you enter the auditorium you will see some
scenery on the stage.
The show starts when the puppeteers march
through the auditorium whistling, then singing
were going on a bear hunt. At the end of the
song, one of the puppeteers growls like a bear
and the others run away.
The puppeteers then begin to sing a song about
what a beautiful day it is. The dog appears and
barks at Lizzie. Then the other characters start to
The family get ready to go on their bear hunt. First
of all they come to some long, wavy grass.
As the family make their way through the
grass, the puppeteers sing a song about
swishy swashy grass and butterfly puppets
flutter in the air.
Baby Bertie hides in the grass and Big Sister
Lizzie looks for him. She asks the audience if
anyone has seen him. When she finds him, they
carry on through the grass.
The lights go down, and when they come on
again, the stage has been made to look like a
river, with noisy ducks swimming on it. The
dog barks at the ducks and they quack loudly.
Each member of the family makes their way
across the river. Baby Bertie even has a swim!
There is some music during this part of the
The lights change again and 2 seagull puppets
appear. They are a little bit noisy and the dog
appears and barks at them.
Dad appears and realises they are in some
squelchy mud. The family begins to cross the
mud. Lizzie and Bertie talk about the noise that
a bear makes they make some growling
When the twins appear, the puppeteers start
singing a song about mud, and the twins play
in the mud.
When the mud song finishes, the lights go
down again and in the darkness some animal
noises are heard. An owl appears. The dog
When the lights come up, Big Sister Lizzie is in the
forest. She sings a song and meets a deer.
The family walk through the forest. They sing
were going on a bear hunt again. A loud bird
noise startles Big Sister Lizzie and she
stumbles and hurts her knee. Dad helps her and
decides they should go home but then they get
caught in a snow storm!
The twins Jessie & Gilbert call out loudly to
eachother as they are blown around in the
snow storm. The dog barks loudly. There is
some music and singing in this scene as a
piece of snowy white fabric billows on the
stage. After the storm, the family keeps walking
and comes to a rocky place with a cave.
Sometimes the bear growls and the family
screams - this part of of the show is quite
noisy! The bear puppet is brought closer to the
audience and does some growling.
With the bear chasing them, the family carries on
back until they reach their home.
When they are home, they suddenly realise they
have forgotten to shut the door, and dad runs back
to close it just in time before the bear gets in. Then
they all go upstairs and hide under the covers.
Baby Bertie surprises everyone again by
popping out from under the covers and
roaring. Everyone laughs.
The performers sing a song as we see the bear
sitting alone in the moonlight. He is watching a
butterfly and is not as scary as he might have
This is the end of the play.
If you enjoyed the show you can clap your hands.
To finish off, the puppeteers sing a lively song and
play instruments while the bear puppet dances. At
the end of the song you can clap your hands again
if you like. And then the puppeteers will say
goodbye to the audience and leave the stage.
We hope that you enjoy this show at
The Little Angel Theatre!
The dog barks a little bit and Baby Bertie calls out Mr bear, then scares his
family by roaring loudly and making them jump. The performers sing a song
about the cave.
During this scene the stage is quite dark and the performers use small torches.
At the end of the song, the family discovers that they have come face to face with a
real bear who lives in the cave! They shout loudly in surprise and the dog barks,
the bear growls very loudly.
In the next part of the performance, some music is played and the bear keeps
popping out to surprise us from different parts of the stage and auditorium, the family
makes their way back through all the different places they have been to.